How (And Why) Hackers Target Your Business

Don’t miss this inside look by a trio of experts from industry and law enforcement during Dark Reading's virtual event, Cybersecurity: The Business View. Now available On-Demand.

Marilyn Cohodas, Managing Editor, Dark Reading

January 25, 2016

2 Min Read

Why do cyber attackers target business? For the same reason robbers rob banks: because that’s where the money is, at least according to a widely credited quote from the infamous 1950s bank robber Willie Sutton.

Today, stealing digital currency – everything from personal identifiable information like social security numbers and birth dates to actually pilfering hard cash from banks via spearphising attacks – is big business in its own right. It’s also a topic Dark Reading will be exploring in depth, Tuesday, Jan. 26, during our upcoming virtual event Cybersecurity: The Business View, (now available on demand) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

The panel on cybercrime will begin at 3:45 pm EST with a trio of experts drawing from industry and law enforcement: David West, assistant section chief, FBI Cyber Division; John Terrill, founder & CEO, Drawbridge Networks; and Adam Meyer, chief security strategist, SurfWatch Labs. We’ll be taking a deep dive into how attackers get access to high value data, who the principal adversaries are, and offering an inside look at what the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are doing to make cyber threats a major priority in their operations.

I hope you’ll join me as I moderate the 45-minute session, which will also include an opportunity for you to ask direct questions to our panel through online chat in a virtual networking lounge – all from the convenience of your desk at home, work or any other comfortable location. You’ll learn:

  • Where the major risks are, how much they’ve grown, who are the players and how they operate;

  • What businesses should be doing that they’re not doing now (besides spending money on technology and staff)  to become less vulnerable;

  • About security strategies – technological and operational -- that work (and don’t work).

  • Which insiders pose the greatest threats – and how to raise the bar in mitigating threats from within; 

  • Why it take so long to discover a breach – and what you can do to  shorten that time period;

  • How to work with law enforcement.

I look forward to “seeing” you in the virtual auditorium tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. EST, when Verizon RISK Team managing director Bryan Sartin kicks off the event with his keynote, providing an executive-level view on the impact of data breaches, the costs and benefits of investing in IT security technology and skills, and a real-world perspective on how cybersecurity fits into the business equation.

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Marilyn Cohodas

Managing Editor, Dark Reading

Marilyn has been covering technology for business, government, and consumer audiences for over 20 years. Prior to joining UBM, Marilyn worked for nine years as editorial director at TechTarget Inc., where she launched six Websites for IT managers and administrators supporting enterprise Windows platforms and technologies.

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